Now that we are nearing season's end, all kinds of year-end reviews are taking place across the NBA media spectrum. What is so interesting this time is that when it comes to the Wizards: 1) Their players are mentioned 2) Their players are mentioned in a positive light That goes double for the backcourt tandem of John Wall and Bradley Beal, specifically how highly the pair projects going forward. The Wall accolades poured in over the couple of weeks as the point guard dominated throughout the month of March. As for Beal, who is now out for the remainder of his first NBA season with a leg injury, SI.com mentioned the sweet-shooting guard twice recently. Once in the context of grading the entire 2012 NBA draft class, once as the centerpiece for an article on "overlooked rookies." In some ways, the two articles cover the same territory so we'll just highlight the "B+" mark handed out to the 19-year-old. The grade seems within reason, though those that have watched Beal's development since the calendar flipped (including the author) acknowledge the massive leap taken by the perimeter threat. From SI.com: Beal’s supporters are surely petitioning Basketball-Reference.com to list his numbers as “With John Wall” and “Without John Wall.” No other rookie has been subject to such a dramatic tale of two seasons, as his most efficient scoring play types — spot-up shooting and transition — have been transformed by the presence of a real point guard. The fact that Beal couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn until January throws off all of his percentages, but he’s managed to climb back to a quasi-respectable PER of 13.6 and raise his three-point shooting to a very respectable 37.7 percent.
Grading Beal and the 2012 rookie class
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